In The News

March 29, 2003
Some analysts believe that the United States is using Iraq to test newly developed hi-tech weapons – some of which have never been tested in a real battle in the country.
Ramamurti Shankar March 28, 2003
In many academic disciplines, books, journals, and letters have long been the preferred ways of communicating over long distances. Thanks to the 'information revolution' facilitated by the internet, though, today the spread of knowledge around the world can happen almost instantaneously. In Physics and other branches of science, researchers and scholars are enjoying tremendous...
David D. Kirkpatrick March 24, 2003
Throughout history, war has often provided an ideal setting for testing and showcasing the capabilities of new communication technologies. The current conflict in Iraq is the first test of the internet’s role in news coverage, and thus far, the results have been remarkable. Visits to the major news sites have doubled and tripled in the last week, as users search for the comprehensive, on-demand...
Joan Johnson-Freese March 14, 2003
A chain reaction of space activity, begun by Soviet-U.S competition in the 1960’s, has been duly catalyzed by China’s own manned space effort. The Middle Kingdom began its ventures into space in 1999, but soon it hopes to be only the third nation to have achieved human spaceflight. If this does happen, China’s position vis-à-vis the world - and particularly vis-à-vis the US - is bound to change...
Sirivish Toomgum March 11, 2003
Although the Minister of Information and Communications Technology in Thailand raised concerns over the effects of the massive population of players of online games, it is clear that these gamers are driving up the demand for broadband service. One particular game, Ragnarok, has a registered community of Thai players passing 700,000. Paradoxically, as Thai broadband technology develops, matching...
Angela Tan March 4, 2003
As traditional trade barriers continue to disintegrate, innovators around the world are searching for the next billion-dollar invention that will transform global society. But while some inventors want to patent their products overseas, few realize that they might be committing a crime in the process. The lack of “world patents” means that any invention can be subject to the patent laws of the...
David Barboza February 21, 2003
Despite unease in some parts of the world about the safety of genetically modified food, farmers in some Asian countries are jumping on the biotech bandwagon. Because GM crops are already increasing production in places like the United States, many Asian farmers have little choice but to plant them if they want to stay competitive. Governments are scrambling, too, investing huge sums of money...